Las Vegas' Shadow Creek raises greens fee to $1,250

Golf course news and notes; September, 2023.
Shadow Creek's otherworldly setting - a lush oasis in the desert north of Las Vegas - is part of the reason for its eye-watering cost to access.

"It's just money, right?"

That seems to be the guiding ideology of Las Vegas, where no indulgence - golf or otherwise - is too extravagant. After all, it's the home of a million-dollar golf package, as part of the high-roller festivities surrounding the return of Formula 1 racing to Sin City in November 2023.

Believe it or not, the golf course involved in that crazy package - Wynn Golf Club - is not even the most expensive in Las Vegas. That distinction goes to Shadow Creek, which recently extended its lead as the most expensive tee time in America by raising its standard per-person green fee from $1,000 to $1,250, according to a recent story.

Shadow Creek, host of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play since 2021 and the PGA TOUR's CJ Cup in 2020, was originally the private domain of casino magnate Steve Wynn, but it eventually became an amenity for VIPs of select MGM properties, with a $500 green fee that was eye-popping by late-20th-century standards - inclusive of food, drink and limo transportation to and from the course though it was.

North Las Vegas, Nevada

It could be said that the cost to play Shadow Creek's Tom Fazio-designed golf course, built in 1989 at eight-figure expense, did not keep up with inflation until recently. As late as 2019, the green fee was $600 - a steal compared to the new going rate, which will take effect when the course reopens after its annual overseeding on October 19. But by hiking it to $1,000 in 2021 amid golf's pandemic spurred global resurgence in popularity, and then raising it another $250 (a sum that covers the green fees at 99% of public-access courses in the United States) for the upcoming season, it's a signal of increased demand for one of the game's most extravagant experiences in Las Vegas' crazy economic climate.

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Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
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